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Politics of Latin America: The Power Game
     

Politics of Latin America: The Power Game

by Harry E. Vanden
 

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Now in its third edition, Politics of Latin America explores both the evolution and the current state of the political scene in Latin America. Distinguishing itself from more traditional works on Latin American politics, this text demonstrates a nuanced sensitivity to the use and abuse of power and the importance of social conditions, gender, race, globalization, and

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Now in its third edition, Politics of Latin America explores both the evolution and the current state of the political scene in Latin America. Distinguishing itself from more traditional works on Latin American politics, this text demonstrates a nuanced sensitivity to the use and abuse of power and the importance of social conditions, gender, race, globalization, and political economy throughout Latin America. This new edition includes a new chapter on Bolivia and a stronger focus on anti-neoliberal economics, U.S.-Latin American relations, women's issues, and social movements.

The first part of the book presents relevant information about the region's geographic setting, history, economics, society, people, and religion, setting the stage for a more detailed analysis of the politics, democratization, political culture, political movements, and revolution in Latin America. The second part of the book consists of carefully constructed case studies of ten representative Latin American nations. Each case study traces the historical development of key political actors and institutions, analyzing contemporary power configurations.

Incorporating maps, tables, chronologies, bibliographies, and clear indications of key players, Politics of Latin America, Third Edition, is indispensable for students and other readers wishing to gain a deeper understanding of this complex, dynamic, and rapidly changing region of the world.

About the Author:
Harry E. Vanden is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa

About the Author:
Gary Prevost is Professor of Political Science at St. John's University and theCollege of St. Benedict in Minnesota

Editorial Reviews

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"This outstanding overview balances major comparative themes with selected Latin American case studies written by country experts. Analysis of the region's historical context, social structure (highlighting class, race, gender, religion and family), political economy, regime transitions, social/political movements, and global context make this an ideal text for undergraduate courses in Latin American politics, sociology, and history. Students will appreciate the accessible writing and updated tables and charts."—Richard Stahler-Sholk, Eastern Michigan University

"Politics of Latin America has many excellent features and is probably the single best hybrid of thematic and country approaches."—Philip Meeks, Creighton University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195188080
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/27/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Harry E. Vanden is Professor of Latin American Studies, Political Science, and International Studies at the University of South Florida.

Gary Prevost is Professor of Political Science at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict.

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